Electricity

  • Turn off lights when you don’t need them
  • Fit energy saving light bulbs as they last longer than ordinary light bulbs
  • Turn off TVs, PCs and games consoles from the plug socket.  Don’t use standby as this uses energy
  • Where possible buy home appliances rated ‘A’ or higher.  These use less energy and will save you money
  • Wash your clothes at no more than 40 degrees.  Any higher is a waste of money
  • Defrost your freezer regularly to keep it working efficiently
  • Speak to your energy supplier about getting a Smart Meter installed to monitor your usage

Heating

  • Turn radiators down using TRVs (thermostatic radiator valve).  Its better to have your home heated consistently at a lower temperature than inconsistently at a higher temperature
  • When your heating is on, close windows.  This allows you to use the minimum amount of energy it takes to heat your home.  Before you turn the thermostat up, put a jumper on first……..this costs nothing

Water

  • Fix any dripping taps or leaks to make sure you don’t pay for water you don’t need
  • Take a shower rather than a bath.  This uses far less water
  • Place a hippo/cistern bag in the cistern to reduce the amount used when you flush
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
  • Wash your veg in a bowl and use the left over water to water your plants